Busara Center for Behavioral Economics

Personally I find it a bit unsettling, to conduct “behavioural research” on Kenyans for clients (not all of which have an IRB, or clear ethics approval processes), but it’s very popular and the team is growing quickly… Offices are by Prestige Plaza, Kilimani.



Job vacancy: Head of Programmes, Rift Valley Institute


The Rift Valley Institute (RVI) seeks an experienced, dynamic and dedicated regional Head of Programmes to work with its Executive Director in the management and growth of the Institute. This is a new, full-time position, based in Nairobi, involving travel between Nairobi and RVI’s offices in eastern Africa and with occasional travel to the UK. The Head of Programmes will lead and support the team managing RVI’s growing portfolio of research, education and public information programmes. Minimum qualifications include over six years programme and organizational management experience. A commitment to the Institute’s aim of bringing local knowledge to bear on policy is essential and research experience is highly desirable. A Masters-level qualification or equivalent experience in a relevant subject is required. The application deadline for this post is 13 June 2018.



  • Title of Position Head of Programmes
  • Location Nairobi, with travel to RVI offices in Juba, Hargeysa and London
  • Salary Competitive salary, based on RVI salary scale and commensurate with qualifications and experience.
  • Benefits 28 days annual paid leave, travel insurance, pension plan, medical insurance, training allowance.
  • Employment type Permanent contract, five days per week
  • Reporting Arrangements Reports to RVI Executive Director
  • Staff Reporting Programme Managers
  • Start Date August 2018 (negotiable)

How to apply
Please apply online by filling out the application form below and upload the specified documents: your CV, including the names and contacts of two referees; and a letter, no longer than two pages, explaining why you are interested in the position and how your experience qualifies you for it. The deadline for applications is 13 June 2018. Only applicants invited for interview will be contacted. For further information write to recruitment@riftvalley.net.

Qualifications and Skills

Essential knowledge and interests

Proven interest and competency in at least three of the following themes:

  • Education and training
  • Social research and evidence based policy
  • Gender and social inclusion
  • Conflict analysis
  • Knowledge management

Essential qualifications and skills

  • University qualification at Masters level in a relevant subject.
  • Minimum of six years’ relevant programme and organizational management experience in the development sector or relevant field.
  • Fluent spoken and written English.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Strong analytical skills and proven capacity to develop and implement strategic plans.
  • Experience of conducting and managing research.
  • Experience of working in the international NGO Sector.
  • Proven operational and project management experience.
  • Experience of developing and managing organizational budgets.
  • A team player with proven management and leadership experience, and excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Proven experience of developing and implementing monitoring and evaluation systems.
  • Able to travel.

Desirable experience and skills

  • Knowledge and working experience in one or more countries where RVI works.
  • Spoken and written French and/ or one or more language of eastern Africa.
  • Experience of working with donors and proven success in fundraising.
  • Knowledge and practical experience of designing and implementing research.
  • Good presentational and facilitation skills.
  • Human resources management.

Description of Duties…

The Head of Programmes is a senior position within the Institute, is a member of the senior management team and participates in decisions that support the development of the Institute. The Head of Programmes has management oversight responsibility for RVI’s programmes. Working closely with the Executive Director of the RVI and other members of the senior management team, the Head of Programmes will be responsible for coordinating the strategic development and implementation of programmes across the RVI’s operational areas in the Horn of Africa, the Sudans and Great Lakes sub-regions, building on and deepening the Institute’s track-record in research, education and public information. The responsibilities of the post include developing and maintaining relations with partner organisations and funders. The Head of Programmes will be expected to play a leading role in the development of a long-term strategic plan for the Institute. They will spend at least 30 per cent of their time travelling within the region. They will deputize for the Executive Director when required.

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Many higher level jobs, MoveMeBack

Jobs across the continent but a number in Kenya… Pasted below from MoveMeBack…

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Cross-function and cross-seniority opportunities with a leading, large-scale East African plastic packaging manufacturer
Junior / Mid / Senior level – Mlolongo, Kenya

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JOB: Data & Learning Manager, Ongoza

We are hiring a Data & Learning Manager!

Only 1 out of 10 youth entering the Kenyan labour market every year has a chance to secure a formal job. With even college graduates taking 4 years on average to secure employment, many youth start small businesses but don’t have the skills, structure, or connections they need to grow. Ongoza (www.ongozayouth.org/) recruits early stage high-growth young entrepreneurs and provides up-to-two years of customized strategic business advisory at a subsidized rate. After 3 months, our entrepreneurs become eligible for low-cost debt financing through our exclusive partnership with Key Partners, Ltd.

Our team of 13 has ambitious growth targets and within five years, we plan to deliver services to 500 entrepreneurs per year and in turn create jobs for thousands of young Kenyans, with transformational effects on upward mobility of youth and the larger society.

About the role

Your role is to develop, manage, and implement Ongoza’s learning agenda and data infrastructure to help us make smarter decisions, iterate our advisory service approach to deliver even better value to entrepreneurs. You will be Ongoza’s data champion and a core decision-making influencer, responsible for building a culture of data-driven decision-making across the organization. The Data & Learning Manager will work closely with the Manager in charge of Ongoza’s Advisory Services but collaborate across the organization as the primary person responsible for consolidating Ongoza’s data, doing statistical analysis, developing internal A/B testing procedures, and providing strategic recommendations.

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Vacancies, Plan International (due 9 March)

From Plan International:

The following vacancies are available on our recruitment portal.  To access the full job description and make an online application follow the links provided.









NOTE: closing date of applications is  9th March 2018.   We encourage everyone to share widely within your networks.

We regret that only short listed candidates will be contacted. 

Disclaimer: Plan International Kenya does not require applicants to pay any fee at whatever stage of the recruitment and selection process.  We therefore advise the general public to exercise due diligence when applying for employment.

Competitive opportunities for techpreneurs, Kibera Town Centre, AlfaQ (due 21 Feb!)

Are you a Techpreneur? Do you run a business that depends heavily on Information and Communication Technology? Kibera Town Centre has a few competitive opportunities for Techpreneurship Incubation with the AlfaQ project. If you feel that you could take advantage of this, inbox us (FB) with your name and phone contact not later than 1 pm on Wednesday 21st February 2018. For more info: https://www.facebook.com/pg/HNPtowncentre/posts/

Scholarship, solar installation (due 21 Feb!)

Are you a female electrical or electronics technician with an interest in Solar installation? Kibera Town Centre has 5 full scholarship opportunities for female electrical/electronics technicians to pursue T1 and T2 Licensed Solar Installers course at Strathmore University for two weeks. If you meet this strict criteria, and you are passionate about solar, and you will be available to attend the training full day for two weeks, text your name to Peter on 0780 * 812 * 883, not later than 1 pm on Wednesday 21st February 2018.